Category Archives: HIV Awareness

How Many People are Living with HIV in the World?

A great graphic from UNAIDS (click here for Source) that takes a look at how many people are living with HIV versus those getting the necessary treatment. It begs the question, what more can we ALL be doing to

  1. Lower the overall number of those living with HIV
  2. Lessen the gap between the number of people living with HIV and those being treated
  3. -Perhaps most importantly of all- How do we bring the number of NEW infections down to ZERO?

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7 Awesome TED Talks on the Subject of AIDS/HIV

BY: JOSEPH PICKETT

TED.com is a fantastic way to learn about hundreds of fascinating topics from expert speakers around the world. One of the topics that you can learn a lot about from TED is AIDS and HIV. This public health crisis affects millions of people around the world.

Fortunately, there are many well-known people from all walks of life who are dedicating their lives to help tame this severe public health problem. Some of the most interesting and informative TED talks on the subject of AIDS/HIV includes these:

#1 Elizabeth Pisani: Sex, Drugs and HIV – Let’s Get Rational

In this unusual TED talk, Pisani uses logic, humor and wit to show the many inconsistencies in today’s political systems that prevent funds from fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS. She has done a great deal of research with populations at risk, such as junkies to sex workers in Cambodia, to show that some surprising, counter-intuitive ideas could stop the spread of HIV. Pisani worked at several government agencies and is now an independent researcher and analyst who fights to end AIDS/HIV and to stop other serious public health problems in their tracks.

#2 Annie Lennox: Why I Am an HIV/AIDS Activist

Since 2004, pop star Annie Lennox has devoted much of her free time to her SING campaign, which raises awareness and funds to fight HIV/AIDS. In this recent TED talk, she talks about the experiences that inspire her work in HIV/AIDS. According to this video, Lennox first became inspired to help in this public health crisis after she heard Nelson Mandela speak out to help stop the HIV/AIDS disaster in South Africa. It was because of that speech that she founder SING in 2007.

#3 Emily Oster Flips Our Thinking On AIDS in Africa

Emily Oster, a economist at the University of Chicago, explains the statistics on AIDS in Africa from a unique economic point of view and comes up with a rather shocking conclusion: Most of what we know about the spread of HIV in Africa is wrong. Oster has a history of rethinking conventional wisdom on many topics. Her doctoral thesis at Harvard challenged famous economist Amartya Sen on his claim that there were 100 million women statistically missing in the developing world. She also has studied the role of bad weather affecting the rise of witchcraft trials in Medieval Europe, and what causes people to play the lottery.

#4 Bono: Action for Africa

In this exciting TED talk, Bono, musician and public health activist, accepts the 2005 TED prize. He argues in this talk that aiding Africa to end AIDS, hunger and poverty. Over the years, Bono has shown himself to be very effective in getting some of the most powerful world leaders to try to rise to beat AIDS, hunger, poverty and other diseases and problems in Africa. He argues here that with technological innovation and efficient aid and investments, the West can truly help to end most public health crises on the continent.

#5 Seth Berkley: HIV and Flu – The Vaccine Strategy

Seth Berkley, a famed epidemiologist, talks about how great advances in the design of vaccines, as well as in production and distribution, can bring us closer to eliminating many public health threats, including HIV/AIDS. Berkley is leading a charge around the world to develop a vaccine to cure the AIDS virus, and also to make sure such a vaccine is available to people in Africa. Berkely founded the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative that is trying to develop vaccines that can prevent AIDS.

#6 Bjorn Lomborg: Global Priorities Bigger Than Climate Change

If we had $50 billion to spend to solve a problem, should we solve AIDS or global warming first? Danish political scientist Bjorn Lomborg is the leader of the Copenhagen Consensus, which prioritizes the biggest problems – AIDS, global warming, poverty and many other diseases. The idea is to prioritize these problems based upon how effective the proposed solutions are. His organization determined that the best investment would be to control HIV/AIDS, and stopping global warming would be the worst investment.

#7 Kristen Ashburn’s Photos of AIDS

This very moving TED talk by documentary photographer Kristen Ashburn shares many unforgettable images of the terrible human impact of HIV/AIDS in Africa. These photographs bring all viewers face to face with real people who are suffering a real public health tragedy. Her poignant photographs bring all of us closer to people who are suffering terrible hardships. In the past, she also photographed Iraqis after the US invasion, suicide bombers and the penal system in Russia.

Through the hard work of these speakers, we can see that working to reduce the terrible human suffering of HIV/AIDS is within our reach.

Article Source: MPHprogramslist.com

Robin Barkins: My Story

Robin Barkins My name is Robin Barkins. I was first diagnosed with HIV at age 15 – just 4 months before my 16th birthday. When I first heard the news, I instantly thought my life was over. I refused all HIV treatment. I began to use drugs heavily and I slept around with different men and women without disclosing my status. I was angry at the world and I wanted everyone to feel my pain.

For 10 years I did a lot of demoralizing things. I kept my status a secret from the world; I even kept it from my own mother. After 10 years of running from my problems, using drugs and drinking alcohol; I began to get tired of the way I was living my life. I decided to go into treatment.

Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought that going to treatment would be the beginning of a new and improved life for me. I began to face my problems and fears head on and I found some coping skills in the process. These were skills I could use in case a problem came my way – I now have a better way to deal with these issues instead of running to get high.

I surrendered totally as far as my health was concerned and I began to start loving myself. I decided that my story could help others. While in treatment, I began to share my story which gave other people hope. In the process, it helped me as well.

I am currently 3 years sober, and my goal is to help women and men who are suffering with substance abuse and HIV. I want to give them hope and let them know they are not alone.

My Commitment … Until There’s A Cure

 

The article that started it all for Donna!

The article that started it all for Donna!

It’s been nearly 19 years since I read a local newspaper article about 2 women – neighbors of mine, really – who had joined together the year before to establish a foundation to help end AIDS. I was immediately drawn to the story about their concern for the future faced by their children in a world impacted by AIDS and their ingenuity in creating a symbolic bracelet to raise funds and awareness.

 

In those days, AIDS was life threatening, and in fact, complications from AIDS had ended my brother’s life several years earlier. I had been searching since his death for a way to honor him by committing at least part of my life to the AIDS cause. I decided to inquire about Until There’s A Cure Foundation. My ‘career’ with the Foundation began with a phone call I placed to inquire about volunteering.

 

Friends, associates and acquaintances ask why I am still involved with the Foundation and why I commit so much of my energy and time to the cause. The simple answer is that AIDS is not over, and HIV is still being transmitted – in the U.S. and around the world. Although the Foundation would love to see that a cure has been found — and to be able to close our doors — that goal has not been reached.

 

Medical research has made great progress in the treatment of AIDS and, recently, in testing the prophylactic use of medications to prevent HIV infection following exposure. Many vaccine development research projects are underway. However, expectation is that vaccines which will truly end the pandemic are still years away. So, while we have hope, until that day, critically important work in education and prevention must go on.

 

Every day at Until There’s A Cure we encounter comments such as:

I thought AIDS was over.”

Can’t you just take a pill and not be sick?”

That’s not a problem in the U.S. any more, is it?”

This doesn’t affect me. I’m not at risk. I’m not in that population!”

 

The short response to these comments is that AIDS is still a devastating disease affecting individuals, populations and economies in the U.S. and, to an even greater extent, in Africa and Asia. In the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control estimates that 1 in 5 people who are infected with HIV, don’t know it. And the virus is being transmitted at nearly the same rate as in past years, even here at home.

 

As to the comment about who is “at risk” — beyond those usually considered to be in danger — the reach of HIV infection was brought home to me recently when I heard the story of a graduate school student in a major West Coast university talk about having an intimate relationship with another professional on the East Coast for some time before she found out that he was HIV positive. Without common sense prevention methods that had kept her from being infected with HIV, that might not have been the case.

 

At Until There’s A Cure Foundation, we continue to try to disseminate information as widely as possible so that people are aware that HIV and AIDS are still with us; that even with medication, AIDS is life-changing and a physically and financially burdensome illness; that understanding and appreciation for prevention methods are critical – until there’s a cure.

 

That’s why I’m still involved. That’s why I serve as Board Chair of Until There’s A Cure Foundation. That’s why I’m writing this blog.

 

I hope you will join me and the Foundation in the fight against AIDS. To find out more, please view information on our web site at www.until.org, sign up for our email blasts, ‘like’ us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and pass all of this along to your friends and associates.

 

Donna Allen

Donna Allen

And remember that perhaps the greatest risk of HIV is believing it’s not a problem anymore.

Donna J Allen

 

Board Chair

Until There’s A Cure

www.until.org

What is HIV? What is AIDS?

Finding the Cure

Check out this infographic on all you need to know about HIV/AIDS with the latest information.

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In honor of Until There’s A Cure’s 20th Anniversary we’re offering the Cuff Bracelet for $20!

Until There’s A Cure

An Organization that Innovated the Non-Profit World with the
First Cause-Related Bracelet

is turning 20!

silver plate2Thirty years after the first appearance of HIV/AIDS, 25 million men, women, and children worldwide have battled this devastating disease and lost.

TWENTY YEARS ago, two California mothers joined the fight against AIDS out of concern for the future of their children and the community, by establishing the Until There’s A Cure Foundation.

Until There’s A Cure is the backbone to the fight against HIV/AIDS, and what started as a small dream of two women to eradicate the threat of this disease has led to a worldwide mobilization of compassion for our fellow humans battling this tragic epidemic. The Bracelet has been the catalyst for change in the fight, a symbol of hope, and a reminder of the effect that this epidemic has on individuals around the world.

A survivor reflected on the meaning of his bracelet:
“I wear my Until There’s A Cure bracelet in remembrance of my friends who have passed away from AIDS and also to remind myself that I am a survivor of AIDS…I miss my friends who have passed and hope they know I’m thinking of them each time I wear my bracelet.”

With contribution from incredible supporters like YOU the Foundation has reinvested over 22 MILLION DOLLARS back into the fight against HIV/AIDS — through its own extensive awareness programs and via grants to increase the impact of numerous other AIDS organizations which provide care services, prevention education, and vaccine development.

Today the Foundation extends its energy, resources and determination around the world to ensure that understanding, respect and care are the norm rather than the exception. Until There’s A Cure is seeking an AIDS-free generation, but the greatest risk standing in the way is believing HIV is not a problem anymore.

In honor of our 20th Anniversary we are offering the Silver Plate Cuff Bracelet at its original price of $20 for the month of March

Save the Date for the 20th Annual SF Giants “Until There’s A Cure” Game: May 21st!

The 20th annual “Until There’s A Cure” SF Giants game

will take place on Tuesday, May 21st 2013 at 7:15pm

against the Washington Nationals

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We hope you will join us for an amazing event and a great evening benefiting local AIDS service organizations!